16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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16 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Montreal
Fly:  8​h 30​min
1
San Jose
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Monteverde
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
+2
bus + shuttle + Fly:  8​h
End: Montreal

2
nights
San Jose

San Jose ©
A trip to San Jose, the capital, commercial center, and cultural hub of Costa Rica, gives you a chance to experience the lively atmosphere and rich cultural past of this vibrant country.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Tue): take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Namu. On your second day here, contemplate the long history of Our Lady of the Angels Basilica (Basilica de Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles), take an in-depth tour of National Museum (Museo Nacional), then explore the world behind art at Precolumbian Gold Museum, and finally look for gifts at J.LANG Atelier & Showroom.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the San Jose travel site .

Montreal, Canada to San Jose is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Montreal to San Jose is minus 1 hour. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Montreal in June: high temperatures in San Jose hover around 32°C and lows are around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in San Jose

#Museums, #Parks, #Nature

Side Trips

J.LANG Atelier & Showroom, Our Lady of the Angels Basilica (Basilica de Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles), La Paz Waterfall Gardens
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3
nights
Manuel Antonio

Manuel Antonio ©
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Relax by the water at Playa Manuel Antonio and Playa Biesanz. Step out of the city life by going to MidWorld Costa Rica and Kids Saving the Rain Forest. There's still lots to do: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

For reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio travel planner .

Traveling by combination of bus, flight, and taxi from San Jose to Manuel Antonio takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. June in Manuel Antonio sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Adventure

Side Trip

Kids Saving the Rain Forest
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
River Rafting & Tubing
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz

5
nights
La Fortuna de San Carlos

La Fortuna de San Carlos ©
Set against the backdrop of the imposing Arenal Volcano, La Fortuna de San Carlos offers visitors a chance to explore diverse natural landscapes and sample some delicious local produce.
Escape the urban bustle at River Rafting & Tubing and Tabacon Hot Springs. And it doesn't end there: scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, trek along Arenal Natura Ecological Park, stroll through Ecocentro Danaus, and take in the exciting artwork at Wood & Art Gallery.

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Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)
Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)

3
nights
Monteverde

Monteverde ©
Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Santa Elena Skywalk and Ecological Sanctuary. Step out of the city life by going to Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and The Bat Jungle. There's much more to do: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Frog Pond, and look for gifts at Hummingbird Gallery.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Monteverde trip builder .

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Monteverde

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Historic Sites
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Zipline
Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve

2
nights
Tamarindo

Tamarindo ©
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Mon): get your game on at Bolas Locas Mini Golf and then enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore and take pictures at Pura Aventura, look for all kinds of wild species at Monkey Park, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Conchal.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Tamarindo trip builder .

You can drive from Monteverde to Tamarindo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in June, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Playa Conchal
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Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal
Playa Avellana ©
Playa Avellana

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